A federal judge will reportedly order Donald Trump ally Roger Stone “to avoid ‘harassing or intimidating conduct’ at polling places” on Election Day.
Democrats recently filed a lawsuit against Republicans and Stone in four states, including Ohio, that accused them of a “coordinated campaign of vigilante voter intimidation.”
Stone is the paid head of the group Stop the Steal, which claims that Democrats are trying to steal the election for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Stone is recruiting volunteers from far-right sources like the audience of The Alex Jones Show to act as “exit pollers” in targeted localities. Election experts have told Media Matters that Stone’s plan sounds like voter “intimidation.”
Cleveland.com reported today that U.S. District Judge James Gwin “said he will order the restraining order against Trump's campaign and Stone, who did not have an attorney present.”
The judge said he will order the restraining order against Trump's campaign and Stone, who did not have an attorney present. He did not order it against the Ohio Republican Party, saying there was not enough evidence to show that a restraining order against it was needed.
The state Republicans, Trump's campaign and Stone maintain that they have not done nor are planning to do anything illegal. Trump's campaign also argued in a brief that the restraining order the Democrats wanted would chill free speech and also impede the campaign's ability to perform certain get-out-the-vote measures.
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UPDATE: The federal order can be found here.